The range of yoga styles is vast, and ever expanding. All yoga styles have their own starting point, technique and focus. Thus, there is something for every yoga practitioner. In this blog, I'll tell you more about six popular yoga styles.
The word yoga is derived from Sanskrit, and the meaning boils down to connection. Connection is about body and mind, among other things. While many people think of yoga as relaxation or sports, it is more of a way of life or philosophy. So yoga is more than just doing some exercises.
"Yoga is more than an exercise, it is a way of life or philosophy."
Yin yoga is a slow form of yoga for quiet postures, and the asanas (body positions) are held for longer periods of time; three to five minutes. People with stiff connective tissue can benefit greatly from Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga can also have a healing effect for people who have lost the balance between Yin and Yang. In our busy lives, the Yang energy is often dominant. Yin Yoga can help you to regain this balance.
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Hatha YogaHatha yoga is based on a consistency of asanas and breathing techniques. This style of yoga is very suitable for anyone who wants to find the piece of mind and peace within themselves and develop more flexibility in their body.
Ashtanga (vinyasa) yogaAshtanga yoga is a style of yoga that is performed at a brisk pace. Traditionally, there are only six Ashtanga sessions, consisting of forty yoga postures that are followed in quick succession. Ashtanga yoga is interesting if you would like to get in better shape, improve your breathing, build strength, become more flexible and experience more peace and relaxation.
Yoga NidraYoga Nidra literally means 'yoga sleep'. During Yoga Nidra, you are only lying on your back in savasana and your consciousness is between waking and sleeping. This state you normally reach only in your deep sleep. Not only bad sleepers and restless souls benefit from Yoga Nidra, because during this special form of yoga you enter the deepest state of relaxation. This gives you tremendous physical and mental rest.
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